‘Mary’ plagiarism suit ‘baloney,’ Farrellys say

Fox yet to look at claims, spokeswoman sez

Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the directors and exec producers of the hit “There’s Something About Mary,” categorically rejected claims by indie writer-director Vince Offer that they had plagiarized a movie he made.

Offer sued the Farrellys, 20th Century Fox and several other people connected with “Mary” last week in federal court, saying they copied 14 “unique scenes” from his film “The Underground Comedy Movie.”

“We’ve never heard of him, we’ve never heard of his movie, and it’s all a bunch of baloney,” the Farrelly brothers said in a joint statement from Boston. “We wish the guy would just break into (David) Letterman’s house and leave us alone.”

A publicist for the Farrellys said they had been traveling in Europe and had been unaware of the lawsuit, which was filed Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The suit alleges copyright infringement and plagiarism (Daily Variety, Sept. 29).

“The studio has not seen the complaint but will fully investigate the matter when we do,” said Florence Grace, a spokeswoman for Fox. “We fully expect the claims to be unfounded.”

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